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Superior preamplification for microphone, instrument, and line-level sources.

The ART Tube MP StudioV3 Mic Preamp features ART's V3 (Variable Valve Voicing) technology that provides optimized reference points to begin recording. The V3 presets were created by some of the industry's top studio and live-sound engineers, along with ART's veteran engineering department. It allows you to select among a multitude of preamp settings designed for guitars (electric and acoustic), keyboards, bass guitars, drums, vocals, and more. It also features an Output Protection Limiter (OPL) to control and maintain the output peak signal; crucial when recording to hard disk or using a sound card. Also can serve as an exceptional direct box for impedance matching or simply improving the sound of any instrument plugged into it.

FEATURES
  • V3 presets provide fine-tuned presets designed by top studio and live-sound engineers allowing you to quickly optimize your recordings
  • Features ART's Output Protection Limiter, which precisely and accurately controls and maintains the output peak signal
  • In addition to preamplification, the Tube MP Studio can be used as an exceptional direct box for impedance matching, amplifying, and improving the sound of any instrument plugged into it
  • Dynamic range: 100dB
  • Frequency response: 10Hz-20kHz

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SPECIFICATIONS

Tube MP Studio V3 Mic Preamp

  • Dimensions: 5-1/2"W x 2"H x 5"D
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ARTTube MP Studio V3 Mic Preamp
 
4.0

(based on 45 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (21)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (14)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (5)

100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (8)
  • Good audio (7)
  • Versatile (5)
  • Professional functions (4)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Amateur recording (6)
  • Home studio (6)
  • Performances (4)
  • Professional recording (4)
  • Outdoor events / games (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Professional musician (4), Experienced (3)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Very Useful for Low Budgets...

I bought this little preamp not long before I submitted this review. I was looking for an inexpensive tube preamp that let me control a little more than just the volume. I found the...Read complete review

I bought this little preamp not long before I submitted this review. I was looking for an inexpensive tube preamp that let me control a little more than just the volume. I found the V3, bought it and I like it very much. It's good for recording, especially when you don't have anything to put your Mics through before going into your recording interface. It's got all of your basic needs such as Phantom power, phase reverse and +20db gain switch. The voicing function is nice to have and most other preamps in this price bracket don't have that.

A common issue I read about in these reviews was it's too noisy. It's not noisy at all if you know how to use the thing. The +20db switch needs to be off. If it's on, it will generate noise just like anything else would when the gain is cranked. Put the Output at 12:00 and you are able to turn the input all the way up without noise. Turn the Output up to much and a slight noise will start to become audible. I think it's worth having especially if you record with any Mic going straight into your interface. It adds a bit of warmth to the Mic.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

great sound, horrible quality control

I have owned 2 and then gave up. My band mate also has one. Great sound, excellent for use with piezo pickups on acoustic instruments -- lifts the gain and warms and controls...Read complete review

I have owned 2 and then gave up. My band mate also has one. Great sound, excellent for use with piezo pickups on acoustic instruments -- lifts the gain and warms and controls the sound. Has dB boost and signal inversion to cut feedback. The bad news is the quality control on manufacturing is horrible. Unit 1 developed a high dB hum, Unit 2 had a faulty input adjust pot. My bandmates unit has a faulty Vu meter. A.R.T: get your act together and ship tested products!

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4.0

Buy it and you'll love it, just dont touch too much!

By 33

from Miami FL

About Me Professional Musician

Pros

  • Clear Sound
  • Easy To Use
  • Powerful
  • Professional Functions
  • Versatile

Cons

  • Breaks Easily
  • Poor Quality Duplicates

Best Uses

  • Amateur Recording
  • Events
  • Home Studio
  • Mobile DJ
  • Performances
  • Professional Recording

Comments about ART Tube MP Studio V3 Mic Preamp:

I have been using this preamp as a supplement whenever I don't have the accessibility to use my 1073. Ill tell you what, if you blind fold me I may choose this over the 1073 60% of the time. The issue I have with this is that it seems to me that you only can set it and forget it. If you unplug and plug it in a bunch or over use the knobs it starts falling apart. I have designated cable that I never unplug from this use that way the ports the break. I just leave the cables in them and it "preset" where I need it. If you can do this with it then this is a great piece of hardware. If your constantly fiddling with your stuff, then maybe buy 2. It's is worth the money either way.

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5.0

Very happy

By Mom

from Hutch ks

Verified Buyer

Comments about ART Tube MP Studio V3 Mic Preamp:

I got this as a gift for my son who does audio work. He loves it and says it adds so much to the music he makes. He wanted it but didn't realize how much he would like it!

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5.0

Cure for Piezo Quack

By JP

from MS

Pros

  • Clear Sound

Cons

    Best Uses

      Comments about ART Tube MP Studio V3 Mic Preamp:

      I read a review saying the ART will make a piezo pickup sound good so i ordered one and am glad i did. It works.

      I have a Martin GPCPA5 with the FIshman piezo going into a Gigpro with just volume and gain turned up, plugged into a Loudbox mini and this preamp gives it a nice, full, throaty tone with very little to no string noise. Have tried a few other things and this is the one that works.

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      5.0

      A great Mic pre for a really good price!

      By DaveyGuitar

      from Mokena, IL

      About Me Professional Musician

      Ask me a question

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • A great Gain for Ribbons
      • Clear Sound
      • Easy To Use
      • Professional Functions
      • Versatile

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Amateur Recording
        • Home Studio
        • Performances
        • Professional Recording

        Comments about ART Tube MP Studio V3 Mic Preamp:

        This Unit really brought out the best in my Microphones including Ribbons and Dynamics. Make a SM57 sound like an expensive studio mic!

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        5.0

        Worth the price!

        By BurningFairVerona

        from Holiday FL

        About Me Professional Musician

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Clear Sound
        • Easy To Use
        • Powerful
        • Professional Functions
        • Versatile

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Amateur Recording
          • Home Studio
          • Professional Recording

          Comments about ART Tube MP Studio V3 Mic Preamp:

          Took a chance on the unit to add a little color and warmth to my digital sources. Noticed a huge difference right away tracking Guitars, bass and vocals. I will be switching out the tube with a Mullard as i did with my Art VLA2 tube compressor which i also highly recommend! You simply can't beat the price for results this unit provides. My returning clients are all noticing the difference in the tracking results.

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          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Good for vocals and More!

          By Bigstrick

          from Alabama

          About Me Professional Musician

          Ask me a question

          Pros

          • Clear Sound
          • Easy To Use
          • Versatile

          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments about ART Tube MP Studio V3 Mic Preamp:

              Great for vocals and more! I put this in my fender Hot Rod Deville effects loop. It livens up the amp nicely. Several of the settings enhance the highs and lows very well. This also allows me to set the volume higher on my amp and use the dials on the ART to control my overall volume. It makes my clean channel come to life!! DO NOT PLUG IT IN TO A SOURCE WITH PHANTOM POWER ON. THIS CAN DAMAGE THE UNIT.

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              (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              GREAT value

              By Bobby

              from Gervais, OR

              About Me Experienced

              Pros

              • Clear Sound
              • Easy To Use

              Cons

              • None

              Best Uses

              • Amateur Recording
              • Events
              • Live performance

              Comments about ART Tube MP Studio V3 Mic Preamp:

              I have had this for I think 4 years now... I run my vocals through it and it really warms em up (and anything that can help my voice is important!). As long as the settings are set right, there is no noise from it. Cool thing is, when I travel, I can put it in my bass flight case and use it as a DI if I can't take my amp.

              I would buy it again if it went out. I have got my money's worth out of it and it is still going strong.

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              (0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

               
              3.0

              VU Meter not working upon receipt

              By Brother Grim

              from Minneapolis, MN.

              About Me Experienced

              Ask me a question

              Pros

              • Easy To Use

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Amateur Recording
                • Home Studio

                Comments about ART Tube MP Studio V3 Mic Preamp:

                I bought this unit a month ago and it really helps boost the signal for vocals and acoustic guitar. Haven't used it a ton, but it seems to warm up the tones and boost the signal so far. The only problem I have is the VU meter does not work. It would be nice if it did, but I don't think I'll request a replacement because it doesn't seem to affect the sound coming out of it and I know what a hassle it is returning equipment to MF. You get what you pay for I suppose.

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                5.0

                nice to use in front of mixer

                By fed up

                from Minnesota

                About Me Experienced

                Ask me a question

                Pros

                • Clear Sound
                • Easy To Use
                • Great Second Channel
                • Professional Functions
                • Versatile

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Events
                  • Home Studio
                  • Performances

                  Comments about ART Tube MP Studio V3 Mic Preamp:

                  Pre amps warm tone when used as direct box

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                  (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  4.0

                  Very Useful for Low Budgets...

                  By magoon67

                  from St. Johnsbury, VT

                  Pros

                  • Art Quality
                  • Easy To Use
                  • Inexpensive
                  • Voicing Function

                  Cons

                  • 20db Switch Adds Noise

                  Best Uses

                  • Amateur Recording
                  • Home Studio
                  • Performances
                  • Professional Recording

                  Comments about ART Tube MP Studio V3 Mic Preamp:

                  I bought this little preamp not long before I submitted this review. I was looking for an inexpensive tube preamp that let me control a little more than just the volume. I found the V3, bought it and I like it very much. It's good for recording, especially when you don't have anything to put your Mics through before going into your recording interface. It's got all of your basic needs such as Phantom power, phase reverse and +20db gain switch. The voicing function is nice to have and most other preamps in this price bracket don't have that.

                  A common issue I read about in these reviews was it's too noisy. It's not noisy at all if you know how to use the thing. The +20db switch needs to be off. If it's on, it will generate noise just like anything else would when the gain is cranked. Put the Output at 12:00 and you are able to turn the input all the way up without noise. Turn the Output up to much and a slight noise will start to become audible. I think it's worth having especially if you record with any Mic going straight into your interface. It adds a bit of warmth to the Mic.

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